A New 21st Century Model
HOW TO SOLVE ENVIRONMENTAL, ECONOMIC, AND SOCIAL PROBLEMS
A WORKBOOK FOR GROUPS, ORGANIZATIONS, AND COMMUNITIES
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change
something build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." -- R. Buckminster Fuller
What is being done now is not working If you want to solve today’s environmental, economic, and social problems you will need to build a new, entirely different problem solving model. This Workbook walks you through the whys, whats, and hows of making this happen.
The people who developed and refined this model did not set out to solve environmental, economic, and social problems. They set out to rebuild an inexcusably bad public housing authority, and they more than succeeded.
They rebuilt the housing authority in two years, then began to push toward levels of quality beyond excellent. The fourth level turned out to be an organization driven and shaped by Big Picture Thinking. The fifth was a transformed organization -- one that was solving community problems. The sixth was a transforming organization -- one that was helping neighborhood residents, other organizations, and businesses solve community problems.
Only after the fact did it become clear that what started out as a rebuilding effort reached the point of solving environmental, economic, and social problems because the people involved got increasingly better at performing eight tasks.
Open all decisions to Big Picture Thinking.
Open all decision making to innovators and change advocates.
Get clear on why environmental, economic, and social problems are not being solved.
Get clear on what it will take to solve environmental, economic, and social problems.
Build a problem solving model that operates three levels of quality beyond excellent.
Set out on a change and problem solving journey.
Collect and share Success Stories.
There is nothing about these eight tasks that is obscure or complicated. With the help of this Workbook any group, organization, or community in any combination can use them successfully.